Past Exhibits: Yard of the Month: Origins of Home Landscaping in North Carolina

Just in time for the foliage- and flower-filled summer, this unusual exhibition examines the design of the domestic yard and garden as it has evolved in North Carolina History. Designed by Preservation North Carolina and based on extensive research, the show focuses on twelve sites around the state that trace yard and garden design chronologically from the earlies 17th century Native American landscapes to the suburban yard in Hickory. Along the route, the viewer can visit other sites such as the Biltmore Estate in Asheville and Oliver Nestus Freeman's yard in Wilson.

As the exhibit documents, over the last 300 years the concept of the yard has substantially changed to reflect a mixture of European, African, and Native American influences. In recent history, social trends such ast eh expansion fo the suburbs following World War II, technological advances including the invention of the power lawn mower, environmental factors of soil and climate, and cultural changes are embodied in our yards.

In addition to the materials provided by Preservation North Carolina, the Chapel Hill Museum will feature a living landscape component of the exhibit by displaying a number of the region's native plants.

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